As 802.11a/b/g is limited to about 40 clients in the best case. I was figuring that between using routing (estimate 10-15% over bridged 802) and nstreme to eliminate hidden node issues and increase bandwidth efficiency I was hoping to get 100 or so on a 90deg sector using 1 card on a p4 platform.
I would love for that to be the case, but from what I've been able to tell a) nobody has tried it b) nobody seems to think it will work.
I do feel that routing works better than bridging (WDS) to a significant degree. And yes, nstream would eliminate the hidden station issues, but I still feel like 100 per radio may be asking a little much. I was hoping that 50 or 60 might be doable, but from what everyone says in every thread I've read on here, 30-40 is generally maximum. Even then, you're relying on those users not using much pps, the first time one of them fires up bittorrent the quality of service is going to go to hell in a handbasket!
could be all wrong on this and may be the systems can not be compared in this way. I have found very few posts regarding people using nstreme polling and from my point of view I don't know why so few people seem to not use it. Could it be that many of the people on the forums are thinking a much smaller scale?
I don't really know, it seems like such a great technology! I would love to just trial it, but that would cost tens of thousands of dollars, as none of our exising CPE supports nstream
I think many networks have to rule out nstream immidiately because they have legacy CPE that does not run MT.